September 2017 Blog

Happy belated Labor Day weekend! I hope you’ve enjoyed the waning days of summer. If you’re like me, you’re already looking ahead to the splendid autumn season, complete with the fiery beauty of our foliage and the many fall festivals that make living in the upstate region such a joy.

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For homeowners, autumn is also a time to do lawn cleanup and final fertilization, pack away gardening tools and outdoor summer furniture, and winterize sprinkler systems and swimming pools.

Fall is also a good time to make sure your house is ready for the cold weather that is just around the corner. If you’re getting your home ready to put on the market, it is especially important to make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible. 

While most newer homes have energy-efficient windows, doors, and adequate insulation, there are many homes in the Capital Region that have older windows and doors, some of which have cracks, fissures and less efficient glass. That doesn’t necessarily indicate you need new windows, yet, there are things you can do to ensure your current windows are as energy efficient as possible.  Other things, like inadequate insulation, drafty attics, chimneys and entryways, can also detract from your home’s energy efficiency and it may pay off in the long run to have additional insulation installed or purchase more efficient exterior doors.

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Before you make those investments, however, there are many experts in the region who will perform thorough inspections and energy audits to determine problem areas and recommend ways to save money on utilities, and make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

One of those experts, ReWire Energy Group, LLC in Saratoga Springs, works with customers to improve a home’s energy-efficiency. Members of the ReWire team will come to your home and perform an energy audit, which gives you a complete picture of your home’s energy usage and where you are wasting energy. They will also work with you to determine the best energy solutions for your home.

Even if your home is energy-efficient and in good condition, if you are planning to list your home, hiring a licensed home inspector is a great – and proactive – way to let potential buyers know that you are serious about selling your home and you’re willing to invest the money upfront to give buyers a professional and objective report about the condition of your home.

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Mike Feeder, owner of Assured Home Inspections, likes to say that a home is a lot like children: you know they’re growing older, but you don’t always notice the signs of aging because you’re so close to them. Feeder and other licensed home inspectors can tell you what’s going on with your home – both the good and the bad! Your potential buyers will appreciate having the additional information and it will help reduce the number of days your house is on the market before you receive the best offer for your home.   It’s better to find and repair any potential defects before a buyer does.  If you are NOT selling your house and plan to stay in your home for a while, it is still a great idea to have your house evaluated by an inspector and/or energy person so you may reap the benefits of an energy efficient home and so you are able to future pace yourself with reference to items which may, down the road, require attention.  Don’t wait until you sell to give your house a “physical”.

Joan Taub is a licensed Real Estate Professional with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Blake, located at 376 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. With more than a dozen years of experience servicing home buyers and sellers throughout Saratoga County and the Greater Capital Region, Joan understands the local real estate market and the needs of her